Snow removal costs keep piling up.
In his preliminary budget address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is adding $35 million to the Sanitation Department’s budget to account for snow removal. Read More
Assemblyman Micah Kellner, still reeling from sexual harassment allegations, has not raised a single cent for his re-election bid since last summer.
Mr. Kellner raised nothing and spent $31,400 over the last six months, according to his latest state campaign finance filing. That leaves him with just $92.26 in his campaign account–a significant financial disadvantage against a slate of already better-funded rivals if he seeks another term representing the Upper East Side. Read More
They also snowed on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s parade.
Senator Chuck Schumer and Public Advocate Tish James took time out of their speeches at the inauguration of Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos yesterday to tweak Mr. de Blasio for his response to last week’s snow storm, which local residents–and later Mr. de Blasio himself–agreed had fallen short. Read More
It’s not just the Upper East side that deserved better plowing after this week’s snowstorm, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted today.
Though Mr. de Blasio staunchly defended his administration’s East Side snow-clearing efforts immediately after the storm, he eventually reversed himself, personally visiting the neighborhood, issuing an effusive statement and promising to redouble his efforts. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio may have said that his sanitation department could have done more to remove snow from Upper East Side streets after Tuesday’s storm, but at least one Brooklyn councilman thinks the mayor should not be apologizing to the tony neighborhood.
Councilman David Greenfield, who was elevated to chair the council’s influential land use committee thanks to a deal brokered by Mr. de Blasio, delivered a blistering defense of the snow clearing operation on his radio show yesterday, calling the people of the Upper East Side “complainers.” Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio made an unannounced stop this afternoon on the Upper East Side, where residents had assailed his snow-clearing efforts–some even accusing him of skipping their neighborhood in an act of political revenge.
“The Mayor made an unscheduled stop to the Upper East Side today to talk to residents, hear their views on the storm cleanup, and survey the area for himself,” his spokeswoman, Marti Adams, told Politicker. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended his administration’s snow-clearing efforts, brushing aside allegations that plows skipped the Upper East Side in an act of political revenge.
“They’re just mistaken. No one was treated differently. We believe in a five-bough approach in everything we do,” he told reporters, taking questions during a storm briefing at a Brooklyn firehouse. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who emerged almost criticism-free from the first snowstorm that pounded the five boroughs on his watch, doesn’t appear to be as lucky this time around.
The main headline of the New York Post this morning blares: “SHAMBLES! Turmoil as Blas botches ‘early’ snow.” The text on the front page adds that his team was “completely unprepared” for the winter flurry. Read More
The race for Micah Kellner’s Upper East Side assembly seat is already on track to becoming one of the most expensive contests in the state.
One candidate, Cory Evans, will file with $250,000 in his campaign account, Politicker reported earlier today. And it turns out that even that amount–relatively immense for an assembly race–will be overshadowed by the sum raised by a second candidate, business executive Gus Christensen, who will report a haul of nearly $400,000, according to a source close to him. Read More